Birth: The Conference in Romania in 2019!
I’ve been invited to address an audience of young families and professionals in Romania this coming summer. I am reprinting my earlier article about them here to bring you up to speed on who these amazing people are:
I have dedicated my next book called, PUSH! The Sequel to the brave, revolutionary young families of the Muntele Rece district of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Against all odds they are taking back control of their lives and the lives of their children after Communism all but dictated their very existence. They are choosing to have their babies at home, later home schooling them, and discovering autonomy for themselves.
I have only the highest respect and regard for this tiny movement among them. They are slowly winning midwives, doctors, and others over to their side. Their network spans the whole of the former Communist bloc countries: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania, whose foreign policies often depended on those of the former Soviet Union.
rough draft of the proposed conference:
this talk 1970s and ’80s in the US when there was a
resurgence of midwifery and many felt that birth belonged in the family, not in
what had become doctor and hospital models of care, essentially leaving the
mother out of the process, and especially taking control of a natural process
and turning it into an illness that needed to be managed medically. We will discuss what is possible in Romania today.
of home versus hospital birth
look into Western allopathic medicine and our attitudes concerning alternative
approaches. Many countries throughout the world have not turned to this
philosophy and continue to trust Nature and what humans have successfully done
and infant deaths world wide
continue to prove to this day that despite the advancements in
medicine and the sciences, the outcomes of managed births in comparison to an
uniterrupted natural process have not born better outcomes. The US and other
so-called First World Countries actually fall at the bottom of the list for
maternal and infant morbidity across the board. The US stands at the bottom of
the list as 48th at this time.
& Training available world-wide
will discuss the pros and cons for training and/or depending on practitioners
in your own countries. There are many schools of thought in this sphere, but I
will try to give an unbiased look into all the choices out there that you might
want to access.
Are protocols needed? They just might earn you the respect that you might want
from within your local medical communities. How can you work together? Is that
possible? How do you draw up protocols unique to your situation? Legal issues
concerning home birth.
books, videos, papers, studies, statistics and information on the Internet. Who
do you trust? How do you find strong evidence for sane choices? I will try to
consolidate the best of all this information and make those resources available
throughout the conference.
Health Or and human rights–an in-depth look
We can learn a lot from WHO, Save the Children, Unicef, and
other international groups who have already been disseminating much of this
education around the world and by tapping into their experience–their failures
and successes–we might learn quite a lot and avoid wasting valuable time and
birth vrs medication
A look at what drugs are being used, what helps, what doesn’t, and what are
some of their properties. A study of the interventions and what they mean. We
will also look at the evolution of the sciences of testing newborns and what
does bonding look like in light of these so-called advances.
of success vrs failure: realistic goals
learning from others who have been there like Ina May Gaskin, what do our goals
look like? What does a successful birth look like? What are some of the very
real dangers and how can you be trained to see them before you are in trouble?
How can you avoid them? I was trained first, intentionally, to know what normal
birth looked like, over and over and over again. Only then, when I could do it
in my sleep, was I introduced to problems that might arise during pregnancy and
birth. So, when my brain signaled that this was a yellow or red light, that
what I am seeing now is not part of that normal, then I was trained in what to
do, if I needed to actually do something, if I needed help or some maneuver I had
been trained in. And, how can you learn this where you are now?
tuned for my next books, PUSH! The Sequel: 37 more true stories from
midwives and doulas, and Stone
Age Babies in a Space Age World: Babies and Bonding in the 21st Century.